Things I’m Loving Lately – April

Hope everyone had a great Bank Holiday weekend (if you had it off!)… So here’s some stuff I’m loving lately!

Jaybird Headphones: So I think I mentioned in a previous post that I had STUPIDLY thrown away my Aftershokz headphones in a peak of post-marathon PB euphoria… When I was taking a photo I put the headphones on top of the foil blanket that I’d taken off and then when I was done grabbed the blanket and threw it away with the heaphones (or I left the headphones on the beach). Either way, the headphones are no longer around. A moment of silence, please, to mourn the loss.

However, Jaybird kindly reached out to me after hearing what had happened and asked if I’d like to try out their wireless earphones. So nice of them and of course I was up for it! I was having to use my Apple wired headphones and honestly there really is nothing worse when at the gym or running and having a cable getting in the way. So annoying.I was sent a pair of Freedom 2 Wireless Sport Headphones. They’re wireless, connect to your phone or device via Bluetooth and fit into your ears. They’re also sweat and water-proof (handy for a runner!). They run for 4 hours but also have a 4 hour charge clip too.What do I think? I really like them. They fit SO well in my ears (they also come with different size ear bits if you struggle). They slot in and stay put, when I run and when I’m at the gym. The sound quality is great – I can hear my music so well (even over the music at the gym). And the adjustable cable at the back is perfect and doesn’t bug me.What I will say though is since I’ve been using Aftershokz it is a bit of a shock to suddenly go into an immersive sound experience while running. What I mean by that is that I can only hear my music and nothing else. This is fantastic in the gym scenario when I literally want to shut out the sounds around me. It’s also great if you’re on the train. Absolutely ideal. However when I run I do want to be able to hear the outdoors a bit more. This is for safety reasons mainly (because remember, I’m essentially an idiot) but also in a race scenario I’d like to be able to hear marshals, the crowd and feel the atmosphere.
That said, I do love these earphones. They’re my solid choice for train use and for the gym. I love them. I will use them for running as well, but probably just when I’m running on my own in familiar areas that aren’t too much near the road.

Running friends: When I first started running I ran alone. I loved to be a lone wolf running whenever I wanted and however I wanted. As the years have passed I’ve found that I actually prefer running with others. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a mentally refreshing solo run of course. But there’s something so lovely about having a friend to go running with too. On those runs I don’t really care too much about pace. In fact, most of the time I prefer to go easier so we can talk and catch up.

The other day, via the magic of Instagram, an old school friend who I hadn’t properly spoken to in ‘real life’ in about 15 years (oh my god I’m so old…) contacted me and asked if I wanted to go for a run with her. She lived locally and we’d kept tabs on each other through social media but hadn’t really progressed further than swapping odd comments and asking each other’s advice on stuff.So on Tuesday evening I jogged over (literally 5 minutes from my house) and we went for a lovely 7 mile run together. We were roughly the same pace so could chat easily while neither of us felt like we were dying or running too slowly. It was such a lovely run. But it is funny, how do you start a conversation with someone you haven’t seen since school? We covered a lot of topics I can tell you! Hopefully we’ll continue to run the odd run together when our schedules allow (I say “our”, she has a baby so she’s far more busy than me!).

Also she’s an AMAZING individual because she suffers from a heart issue (Supraventricular tachycardia – I’m not entirely sure what this is but it’s definitely a worry for her and she has to take medication). But she’s still training for a marathon AND an ultra. I mean, whaaaat. Puts injuries into perspective, right?

Working for Wiggle: I know I say this so often but I really do love my job. I mean I love what I do; I find it so interesting and I’m always so motivated to work hard and do a good job. But I also love the perks (like the monthly Friday runs). This time it was a sample sale! Basically they were selling the stuff that couldn’t be sold commercially. So tops were £3, shorts and leggings £4 etc. Well it was madness I tell you. Everyone went mental over it. A huge queue formed to get into the meeting room and then when we got int there it was like Primark on Boxing Day. Absolutely mental.

I managed to come away with two dhb leggings (very nice, one high-waisted one normal) and a pair of purple dhb shorts. All for the bargain total of £12! I am very pleased! One happy customer! In the end around £2,300 was raised and will all be going to charity. How good is that?

One thing I’m not loving… Forgetting to take my socks with me to work for my lunchtime run (runch). There’s always the danger to forget something really… but socks! Ehhh, such a pain. I decided to risk it because I was pretty much ready to go (well, sans socks and trainers) and I couldn’t be bothered to go running after work. Thankfully I didn’t get any blisters, despite it being very warm outside, but it was a close call. What an idiot, eh.

What are you loving lately?

Do you use earphones when you workout?

Do you prefer to run alone or with others?

**Full Disclaimer: I was sent the Jaybird earphones for free in exchange for a review on my blog. All opinions are my own honest ones.**

17 thoughts on “Things I’m Loving Lately – April

  1. I’ve got 3 pairs Nike Free Flyknit on the go, partly because you seriously don’t need socks. I ran the Houston Mara in my Nike Free Distance – no socks – no blisters. (I also love the feel and lack of structure, good for strong feet for the track speed 🙂

  2. I’m loving the weather and the fact my right knee niggle seems *touches wood* to be getting better.
    I don’t tend to wear earphones. After reading your positive reviews, I treated myself to a pair of Aftershokz. However, I’m not a fan of brands ignoring people on social media so I’m thinking of sending them back unopened.
    I prefer to run alone as I need the thinking time, but also enjoy running with my running buddy Ellen back in Four Oaks.
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    • Hold that thought! Aftershokz DID contact too. I have good news coming about that 🙂 they’re definitely well worth it!
      Yes I agree. I love Running listening to stuff, or just thinking and zoning out but running with people is great too.

  3. I’m in mourning for your Aftershokz. I love mine for running (so I can hear stuff around me) and have more immersive ones for the gym to block out all the noise.

    I think I’m the opposite of you. The I was first running I did all my long runs with other people as I just didn’t think I could do it alone. Now, I’m the lone wolf who prefers to do her own thing (except for parkrun where I often volunteer as a pacer).
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  4. I use a really cheap pair of headphones from Amazon by SENSO and I absolutely LOVE them. I bought a pair for my hubby too becuase they are just SO amazing. And literally like $30!
    I’m currently loving all the summer produce that is coming into season. I just powered through my first watermelon of the season and it was sooooo yummy!!
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  5. Those headphones look good. I have some relay sports ones, and they are great- bluetooth, only a small wire from one to the other, and volume control on the ear bit. The only thing is you don’t know when the battery needs charging so I have to guess, although when it does start saying “battery low” I still have about 20 mins ish.
    When I did parkrun last summer with some of the tennis officials Dad knew, one of them never wore socks, just bare feet in trainers- I can’t imagine running like that, but I suppose a one off it wouldn’t be too bad.
    I like a mix of running alone, so I can catch up on podcasts, and running with others so I can chat to them or find new routes.
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  6. Those wireless headphones look great! Sadly, I haven’t converted over to the world of wireless headphones yet. I actually don’t use headphones when I run outside by myself though. I just play my music or podcast out of my phone’s speaker so that I can hear my surroundings a little better. I definitely prefer to run with friends though! The conversation makes the miles FLY by!

  7. I prefer running with others, which you’ve probably figured out from Facebook. I like to have someone to chat to as it takes my mind off what I’m doing. Maybe as running becomes easier I’ll not need it as much but at the minute I definitely prefer company.
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